Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn.
When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries.
Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny.
She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker.
She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with.
Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead.
Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle.
Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.
The first slippers were worn by the concubines of a rich sultan in 12th Century Vietnam. Wearing slippers kept the concubines captive. Having only soft, slippery, thin-soled slippers on their feet meant the women could never survive escape through the rocky terrain outside the harem.
So what would the Sultan have said about Juliann Whitney’s slippers above that I saw on Facebook last night? Could she have escaped the rocky terrain outside the harem? Leah Williams-MacInnes told her to keep them, and Karina Nowak said, if they “spark joy” you get to keep them – no questions asked!
May Mutter said I have the same issue with the same slippers!! It’s like heaven on your feet and I can’t find them again 💔 And what did I say? I’ve got two pair identical LOLOLOL and yes, they are like heaven on my feet.
Actual photo of one pair of my slippers LOL
Here is one of them, and as you can see by the soles I wear them outside, in the garage, or trying to escape through the rocky terrain outside the harem and through the dust on my wood floors. I mean, what’s not to love about these slippers? Two times 10 bucks each at WalMart = 3 years of heaven on my feet for 20 bucks.
Give the girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world!
I mean if these well worn babies went for $59.37 on EBay.. how much would mine and Julia’s go for? Not that we are into that fetishy sort of stuff LOLOL!
Post your photos of your slippers in the comment section
Llew LloydI found another photo and it is Kindergarten Graduation . Todd Lancaster is sitting beside Steven and the boy between Todd and Sandra looks like Jeff Irvine . The teacher is Gail Plaunt . I’m pretty sure there’s a picture around here with Donna
Llew Lloyd Steven Grade 1 Mrs. Ward
Donna Lowe Ward—no I actually started my teaching career as Donna Lowe-Ward but the kids just called me Mrs. Ward. I kept my maiden name because of my step dancing fame – lol. Not sure about Liz Hamilton’s name change. When I started teaching she was Mrs. Hamilton.
Steven Grade 2 Mrs.Hamilton
Can You Help? Project Caldwell Elementary School History
The 1977 Pow Wow Caldwell School
Caldwell School– 1971-1972– Words of Wisdom from Bob White
Caldwell School Talent Show 1964
Caldwell School 1990 Relay Team
Believe it or Not! Tales from Caldwell Elementary School
Lobster John and Arnold the Pig in Carleton Place
More History on Caldwell Elementary School –Heather Perrault
Hugh THURLOW arrived at Lavant Twp. with his wife, Ann CHRISTLOW, and young family in 1856 from Westport, North Crosby Twp., Leeds Co. His farmstead was located on Lot 11, Concession 3, of Lavant Twp, and contained two hundred acres. Hugh was the son of George THURLOW and Mary BALLANTYNE of Westport. Hugh was born about 1828. Hugh was a Farmer and Yeoman. Hugh’s first wife, Ann, was born about 1829 in Scotland. They married at Westport on 22 Dec 1847. Their first 4 children were born at Westport. They had another 7 children born at Lavant Twp. Ann died some time between 1871 and 1874.
Hugh married secondly to Jane McINNESS, daughter of Edward McINNESS and Janet BAIRD , on 16 Jun 1874 at Middleville. Jane was born about 1849 in Lanark Twp. Hugh and Jane had 5 children together, all born at Lavant Twp.. Jane died between 1881 and 1886.
Hugh married a third time to the widow Mrs. Caroline VICE (or VOICE), daughter of Israel and Isabella BOLTON, on 8 Oct 1886 at Lavant. Caroline was born 22 Sep 1846 at Carlton Place. Together, Hugh and Caroline had two more children. Caroline had at least 3 more children from her previous marriage.
Hugh died at the age of 65 of heart failure on 20 Jun 1892 at Lavant Twp.. He was buried on his farm. After Hugh’s death his farm and land in Lavant was sold
off and the proceeds distribute to Caroline and his children. Hugh was the father of 17 children all but two of whom survived to adult hood. Most of
Hugh’s children by his first marriage moved to Michigan where many their descendants still live today. Other descendants remain today in the eastern
Lanark, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
August 19, 1936 (75)
Saginaw County, Michigan, United States
Canal in Carleton Place? Clipped from The Ottawa Citizen, 20 Dec 1899, Wed, Page 5
Photo–Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce “The Ripple”
Carleton Place July 31, 1885 from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum—W.H. Wylie’s steam yacht “The Ripple(43′ keel, 10′ beam) at Hawthorn Woolen Mill, then operated–by W.H. Wylie. Possibly W.H. Wylie sitting on fore rail. On Fore Rail – A.R.G. Peden (Town Clerk) Left on upper deck: Jim Burnie
Ottawa Daily Citizen,
03 May 1869, Mon,
Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumFact–The first steamboat was launched on the Mississippi River and made regular trips on the Mississippi between Carleton Place and Innisville.
In the 1880’s to 1900, steamers were produced, and built built right in Carleton Place. They included the” Witch of the Wave” , “ The Morning Star” , “ the Ripple” and the” Mayflower”. Read more here at Heritage Carleton Place.
Photo–Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum—These Carleton Place citizens of the 1890’s are lined up on the Lake Park dock waiting to board the steamship “Carleton”. It ran regular trips between Lake Park Lodge on Mississippi Lake and the town docks located near the Hawthorn Mill at the end of Charles Street.
In 1735, Dr. Claudius Amyand performed the world’s first successful appendectomy, at St. George’s Hospital in London. The patient was an 11-year old boy whose appendix had become perforated by a pin he had swallowed. The first successful operation to treat acute appendicitis was performed soon after, in 1759 in Bordeaux. General anesthesia was not available until 1846, so these operations required many assistants to restrain patients during what were undoubtedly very painful procedures.
The Ottawa Citizen,
20 Mar 1899, Mon,
Surgical treatment for appendicitis began in earnest during the 1880s. Although doctors struggled to decide who should undergo the knife – some patients would recover on their own without surgery – surgical technique and anesthesia had improved outcomes to such an extent that surgery would rapidly became the gold standard approach. By the end of the 20th century, laparoscopic surgery replaced open surgery in most cases, and laparoscopic appendectomy is now considered one of the safest, lowest-complication surgical procedures performed today.
Appendectomy Bill $137 in 1932 would be like $2470 today